|Lowell, Feb. 12. 1872.
My dear Mother,
I am not sure but this letter should have been written last week according to my promise to write once in two weeks. The weeks pass so rapidly that I can scarcely keep trace of them. We have not finished our calls yet though we are out every pleasant afternoon. Over twenty remain on our list & if we are well we hope to see this work finished up this month for this time round. We feel that here our calls do a great deal of good. In the country people go to church and expect to go if in health but it is not so here, where in many cases there are no permanent homes and where the population is so changing that many always feel themselves strangers in the church. And after the fatigues of the week it is so easy to find an excuse for making the Sabbath a day of rest at home. It has pleased us to notice how our calls affect the consciences of people. They will apologise for their absence from church and the next Sabbath they will be in their pews. There is a great deal of poverty and hard work and few of the comforts that are found in the country. I wonder what the fascination of city life is.
We feel encouraged in our work, but we long for just such a blessing to come to our people as has come to N. Amherst. There is no special interest in any of the churches here.
This afternoon we have attended the examination of Lulu's & Harvey's school. They acquitted themselves with credit. I like the school system here. Thoroughness seems to be their motto. They go slowly over a little ground and at the end of term it can be seen that there has been progress made. We are all in our usual health. Kitty had a hard cough last week that troubled me so much that I resorted to the water treatment & broke it up.
Mr. Woodworth of the A.Miss.As [American Missionary Association] spent a night with us week before last & a week ago tonight Mr. Mead of S. Hadley family was with us. It is really refreshing to see the face of an old friend.
I should like to know how Elisa’s health is. If she and Wm. would use their horse as much as we use ours I think they would both be better. it seems that Mr. Phelps has a horse & we are very glad of it. I think no minister should be without one.
I write to cos. Julia occasionally for I think she has not much to make her life joyous. She seems to be about as feeble as usual.
We are enjoying these few days of sleighing though the prospect is that they will soon be at an end.
How are you all? I hope the little ones are quite well now. I wish [Dell?] would tell me how she treated their sore throats & fever. I have a great dread of throat troubles.
Love to all from all,
Your aff. daughter,